Recommend me a (non-gaming) podcast

Harmontown

This is Dan Harmon's tangent-filled, vodka-fueled comedy podcast that started as a weekly gathering of fans in an LA comic book store. He was doing these for about a year, but turned them into an official podcast after he got fired from Community.

There's a very Rat Pack vibe to the podcasts since they mostly involve Harmon and his co-host and improv comic Jeff Davis drinking Kettle One, riffing with the audience, doing spur of the moment raps about things he'd do to your mother, and playing Dungeons and Dragons on stage.

That's right. One episode he jokingly asked if there was a DM in the house and there was. Ever since then each episode includes a bit of an ongoing D&D campaign. Even better, he gets his guests like Greg Proops and Jason Sudeikis to play along.

DanyBoy wrote:

So, while technically this is gaming related, I wanted to recommend the often excellent Econ Talk, a weekly economics podcast where the host Russ Roberts interviews a different guest each week.

I bring it up this week in particular since the guest is Valve's resident economist Yanis Varoufakis, and they talk about the corporate culture at Valve, the virtual economies of Steam, and bit on the European union problems at the end. If you've got an hour it's worth a listen.

Was coming here to post this (I wonder if maybe if this worth an xpost in the Gaming podcasts thread as well). A few mind-blowing statistics that Varoufakis threw out during the course of the interview:

1. Steam handles 70% of all online sales for all the publishers on Steam.
I feel like there's almost a way to work backwards from that figure and work out how much money Steam is making, given that a number of publishers on Steam are publicly listed companies who publish their revenue figures.

2. Steam has been growing at 30% - 50% every year since it launched.

3. Valve is adding between 30 - 40 people every year, and currently have 300 people working at the company (No idea if this is just hires or net of people being let go)

It's a Thing with Molly Wood and Tom Merrit.

It's a show where each host brings a topic each week that is their current "thing." It's basically an excuse for Tom and Molly to get back together again and chat. The first two shows were pretty good... if not a little too self-indulgent, but fun nonetheless. Short and sweet at around 20 minutes.

If you were a fan of theirs from the Buzz Out Loud days, you should give it a try.

Hey guys, Season 4 of "Good Luck, Have Podcast!" has kicked off again. Although we didn't get Yasmine back, we did get a new guest, Kati, who is awesome and really funny. She goes over the do's and don't of a first date, and gives some solid advice. We're actually lining up a few more interviews on intro dating topics with different girls. Along with that, the whole premise of the season is self improvement, so finding things that will increase our value to the female world in the hopes of finally getting girlfriends. I think this is a great episode to start the show with, if you've never listened before. I've tried to limit my posts in this thread with only our best episodes (since I know y'all are busy). Please give this one a listen though!

http://glhp.libsyn.com/season-4-epis...

OG_slinger wrote:

Harmontown

This is Dan Harmon's tangent-filled, vodka-fueled comedy podcast that started as a weekly gathering of fans in an LA comic book store. He was doing these for about a year, but turned them into an official podcast after he got fired from Community.

There's a very Rat Pack vibe to the podcasts since they mostly involve Harmon and his co-host and improv comic Jeff Davis drinking Kettle One, riffing with the audience, doing spur of the moment raps about things he'd do to your mother, and playing Dungeons and Dragons on stage.

That's right. One episode he jokingly asked if there was a DM in the house and there was. Ever since then each episode includes a bit of an ongoing D&D campaign. Even better, he gets his guests like Greg Proops and Jason Sudeikis to play along.

Just came here to post about Harmontown. A friend of mine turned me on to it and I'm burning through episodes every day now. The DnD is loose and very very funny. Spencer, the DM they randomly pulled out of the audience, is an awesome straight man and doing a great job letting Harmon, et al. riff and blunder through the game. Greg Proops as Codeine the Unicorn is one of the funniest things I've heard in a long long time.

The show is a drunken, filthy, random-synapse-firing, stagger through the brain of Dan Harmon and guests. Good times.

I just discovered this morning that NPR has a TED Radio Hour podcast. Haven't listed yet, but I've added it to my ever-growing list.

I thought this was an amazing half hour comic tale on BBC Radio 4. It got funnier and funnier as it went along. Only five days left to listen :P.

I assume everyone here enjoys Wait Wait...Don't tell me! (if not, we couldn't be friends). But just in case you haven't heard, the live broadcast to theaters around the US is tonight at 8pm. I'm going to some random theater in the middle of Florida. Tickets on sale: http://www.fathomevents.com/#!wait-w...

Special Guest: Steve Martin!!!

There are a lot of good suggestions here, I've added several to my podcast list.

The ones I always seem to listen to APM's Marketplace, Slate's Political Gabfest, ESPN's Fantasy Focus, and Hollywood Prospectus (movies, TV, & pop culture), Jalen Rose (sports & pop culture), & Do You Like Prince Movies? (movies) on Grantland.

For those of you who liked Mike Duncan's History of Rome podcast, you'll be happy to know that he'll be starting up a new podcast in September called Revolutions. He's going to cover about 10 revolutions and cover each one in 12-15 episode chunks. He's confirmed that he's covering the English, American, French, Haitian, 1848, Mexican, Russian, Chinese and Cuban revolutions.

Awesome!

Great news. Thanks for the head up.

How can no one mention Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Startalk Radio show yet?

http://www.startalkradio.net/

I've been listening to Caustic Soda lately and I've been enjoying it.

The AP Collection is on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/...
It also has its own main domain: http://www.apcollector.net

Anyone know of a good movie podcast? I'm looking for something that gives brief non-spoilery reviews of current films, and then dives a little deeper into a particular older film or film history discussion.

Adam Savage's podcast delves into this a little bit sometimes.

Basically, I guess I'm looking for the GWJCC of movie podcasts.

Ideas?

Spoiler:

I'd kickstart that by the way guys. Hint hint.

My wife really digs filmspotting.

PaladinTom wrote:

Anyone know of a good movie podcast? I'm looking for something that gives brief non-spoilery reviews of current films, and then dives a little deeper into a particular older film or film history discussion.

Adam Savage's podcast delves into this a little bit sometimes.

Basically, I guess I'm looking for the GWJCC of movie podcasts.

Ideas?

Spoiler:

I'd kickstart that by the way guys. Hint hint.

www.filmjunk.com

Grantland's Do You Like Prince Movies? is good although the hosts (Alex Pappademas and Wesley Morris) can get sidetracked. Both are writers for the site.

A recent show featured interesting reviews of Man Of Steel and Kanye's Yeezus.

PaladinTom wrote:

Anyone know of a good movie podcast? I'm looking for something that gives brief non-spoilery reviews of current films, and then dives a little deeper into a particular older film or film history discussion.

Adam Savage's podcast delves into this a little bit sometimes.

Basically, I guess I'm looking for the GWJCC of movie podcasts.

Ideas?

I'm a huge fan of the Quarter to Three Movie podcast. (Which is kind of funny because I find their Games podcast rather meh.) It doesn't fit your preferred format, though -- it's more of a deep dive on the film of the week, and then a long discussion of movies that fit a theme announced the week before, all marinated in a lot of in-jokiness. Spoilers are pretty well segregated, but I would recommend listening to it after you've seen a movie, rather than before.

It's Tom Chick at his Tom Chickest, so if you already know whether or not you enjoy him, this won't be any different.

Also, Kelly Wand's synopses are frequently things of beauty.

I'm a big fan of Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews but that's just straight up revews of new UK releases plus interviews, and a great bickering old couple act.

Other than those two, I listen to The Golden Briefcase, which does three segments: the panels' picks of the week -- not necessarily recent ones -- trailer watch, and then a topic inspired by a recent release.

PaladinTom wrote:

Anyone know of a good movie podcast? I'm looking for something that gives brief non-spoilery reviews of current films, and then dives a little deeper into a particular older film or film history discussion.

Adam Savage's podcast delves into this a little bit sometimes.

Basically, I guess I'm looking for the GWJCC of movie podcasts.

Ideas?

Spoiler:

I'd kickstart that by the way guys. Hint hint.

If you are not looking just for new movies.

Film Sack is a lot of fun. Some crap movie from the dollar bin at Wal-Mart of Netflix Streaming is watched and reviewed. Occasionally they will do a commentary track for such movies.

casual_alcoholic wrote:

Hey guys, Season 4 of "Good Luck, Have Podcast!" has kicked off again. Although we didn't get Yasmine back, we did get a new guest, Kati, who is awesome and really funny. She goes over the do's and don't of a first date, and gives some solid advice. We're actually lining up a few more interviews on intro dating topics with different girls. Along with that, the whole premise of the season is self improvement, so finding things that will increase our value to the female world in the hopes of finally getting girlfriends. I think this is a great episode to start the show with, if you've never listened before. I've tried to limit my posts in this thread with only our best episodes (since I know y'all are busy). Please give this one a listen though!

http://glhp.libsyn.com/season-4-epis...

Okay, HP. Breathe... use "I" statements, not "you" statements. Do not blame, judge or label.

I listened to a sampling of your podcast. I liked Kati; she did seem very personable.

There was doubtless a time in my life when I would have enjoyed, or at least not have been offended by, the joking and commentary of the three young men whose musings form the bulk of the content.

I would love to get the opinion of Yasmine, and see why she left the show, leaving it to other "girls" to provide valuable, if very basic, advice.

Just started listening to Star Talk Radio which is an awesome science podcast hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson (of course). What's really fun is that Neil will have one or two smart comedians on the show to keep it moving and lively as well as guest scientists. Really great stuff.

OG_slinger wrote:

Arise, thread! I command you to walk the Earth like a zombie!!

And speaking of podcasts and zombies, I ran across this little gem over the weekend: We're Alive.

Yeah, it's more serialized fiction than a straight up podcast, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an awesomely entertaining story about the survivors of a zombie outbreak complete with cliff hangers and some edge-of-your-seat action.

Here we are, having come so far. August 26 debuts the final season.

I've listened to most or all of it twice. K. C. Wayland has a knack for avoiding most of the hackneyed zombie plot devices.

muraii wrote:

Here we are, having come so far. August 26 debuts the final season.

I've listened to most or all of it twice. K. C. Wayland has a knack for avoiding most of the hackneyed zombie plot devices.

Oh. Nice. I was just looking at that podcast in my feed and lamenting it's inactivity.

Too lazy to check if it's been posted, but the Nerdist Writer's Panel

I didn't see it suggested, but I just started listening to Sawbones, another podcast by the McElroy couple. I had my eye on it, because I loved the history of medicine course I took in first year (even tutored first years for it later). Only listened to the first episode so far and aside from an unfortunate segment with an atrocious "French accent" rife with stereotypes which would've had me facepalming had I not been driving, well aside from that, it's rather fun and informative. Definitely worth a try.

Peeps here may enjoy Nerd Poker: a bunch of comedians playing D & D.

I haven't heard Harmontown, but it sounds like a similar premise, but it's a regular cast with no guests and no extended tangents into other discussions.